Wednesday, March 16, 2005

OH MY GOD! Wolfowitz?

Either I am out of my mind, or Bush is trying to make the whole world hate us. And I am feeling uncomfortably sane. It seems like the sticks and the carrots everyone talks about are beginning to lose all meaning. These sticks are used for stabbing, stabbing anyone in the eye that might just like the United States.

It seems as if there was to be someone that would work on behalf of the United States they would be a person that is... Nice? Maybe not nice, but at least someone that seems like they would not vehemently oppose all things non-United States.

Well I just can not believe that we are doing that with Bush's nomination of Paul Wolfowitz as President of the World Bank. Wolfowitz is a key architect of the Iraq war whose hard-line foreign policy stance as deputy defense secretary has stirred criticism. I just cannot see that as a good choice.

    "As well as lacking any relevant experience, he is a deeply divisive figure who is unlikely to move the bank toward a more pro-poor agenda," said Patrick Watt, policy officer at British charity Action Aid.

    Dave Timms, spokesman for London-based World Development Network, called it a "terrifying appointment" that highlighted a lack of democracy in major lending institutions.

    - Jocelyn Gecker

Sadly, this comes just weeks after bush nominates our United Nation Ambassador, that’s right, I'm talkin' 'bout Bolton.

    Bolton, a founding member of the neo-con Project for The New American Century (PNAC), is a mad-dog unilateralist who wants the world to bow to U.S. demands now that America is the only remaining superpower. Bolton has said: "If I were doing the Security Council today, I'd have one permanent member [the United States] because that's the real reflection of the distribution of power in the world." Treaties and international laws are irrelevant, he believes, since they are attempts to constrict the justified use of American power around the globe.

    If other countries refuse to bow to America's wishes, according to Bolton, the U.S. should either find a way around them to get what it wants, or unleash its full diplomatic, economic or military might on them.

    Bolton despises multi-lateralism and thinks the U.N. is an abomination. His mouth, by any accounts, is an undiplomatic sewer. By appointing him, Bush is telling the world: Screw you, we're making no concessions, get out of our way or get run over.
    What a nominee! It's like giving matches and a can of gasoline to a known arsonist and sending him into a building where firecrackers are stored.

    - Bernard Weiner

Now, there must be a reason for these nominations. I am just afraid that these last two big nominations are just made to distance the United States from EVERYONE. I am afraid to guess why we would want to do that. Any ideas?

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